Launched over 40 years ago the Range Rover has continually pushed SUV standards globally and today represents the absolute pinnacle of a luxury SUV experience. Well after a decade long lifecycle that saw the third-generation Range Rover break newer grounds and establish itself as the king of the off-beaten path, Land Rover felt it was time to make the best a notch better and that is exactly what they have done with the all-new Range Rover.
Officially on sale now in India the 2013 Range Rover overpowers its predecessor on many grounds and has been developed from ground up. It is the world’s first SUV to feature a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body structure making it 39 percent lighter (420 kgs) than the steel body on the outgoing model.
A cleaner and more elegant shape on the 2013 model is reflective of the British firm’s new interpretation of its flagship SUV model. Subjected to Land Rover’s punishing off-road tests in more than 20 countries the fourth-generation model has seen the absolute extremes of climates and road surfaces. Even the new suspension architecture on the all-new SUV is said to deliver a flatter and more confident cornering, with natural and intuitive steering feel.
Within the cabin, the new Range Rover (Read : New Range Rover gets whole lot better) once again sees significant improvement with respect to leathers and veneers used. Luxury features now include an exclusive Meridian surround sound music systems and power upper and lower tailgates, not to mention a host of driver assistance technologies. Rear occupants will benefit from 118mm legroom and vastly increased space and comfort.
Selling in three select trims the base Vogue and Autobiography variant of the new Range Rover will be powered by a 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine that makes 339PS. The higher-spec Autobiography variant gets a 375PS strong 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine only second to the top-spec 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 model that makes a massive 510PS and 625Nm of torque.
Prices for the new Range Rover start at Rs 1.72 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Vogue trim stretching all the way up to Rs 1.84 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) for the mighty supercharged Autobiography trim.
2013 Range Rover variant-wise pricing:
Vogue - 4.4-litre V8: Rs 1.72 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)
Autobiography - 4.4-litre V8: Rs 1.79 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)
Autobiography - 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged: Rs 1.84 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)